Collins, Cassidy

Executive Session (Wheeler Nomination)

Senator Collins: (2:37 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the opioid epidemic.
    • "Mr. President, last year in the state of Maine, 418 people died from overdoses, a record number, and an 11% increase compared to the year before. Just this past weekend, there were nine overdoses in one night alone largely as the result of fentanyl-laced heroin. Fortunately, first responders were able to save those individuals. It's clear that we need to take all of the above approach to tackling this crisis. This means more support for education and prevention, treatment for recovery services, and law enforcement efforts. No single focus will be sufficient to combat the crisis. Mr. President, the first bipartisan bill that I've introduced with Senators Hassan, Capito, Baldwin, and Warren is the Safe Disposal of Unused Medications Act."


Senator Cassidy: (2:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Lance Corporal Taylor Conrad, USMC.
    • "Mr. President, today I want to honor the life and sacrifice of one soldier in particular, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Taylor Conrad, who was 24 years old and was from central Louisiana. Our military men and women deserve recognition. They sacrifice time away from family and friends, put themselves in harm's way to advance our country's interests. Every day they risk their lives to secure our safety. In the case of Taylor Conrad, along with three of his fellow Marines, he tragically lost his life last week when their helicopter crashed in a training mission in California. A central high school grad washings he exemplified the quality of a good marine -- tough, compassionate and wanted to help others."
  • Spoke on Democrat obstructionism.
    • "One example of this is that the nominee for the Federal Railroad Commission was held up months after he had been approved unanimously by the committee of jurisdiction for his appointment in the federal government. As a resulted there are multiple fatal crashes in the railroad system of which Republicans were on a trip when one of them occurred that may have been prevented had there been leadership in that railroad commission. Now, we have a sense that there can be a consequence of this kind of unremitting whatever trump proposes we're going to oppose no matter just because it's Trump. But then we see the consequences when folks die in railroad accidents."